I currently have Botox, and I think it makes me look several years younger. Usually when I try to judge someone’s age, I look for wrinkles around their eyes, but the Botox has gotten rid of those lines, as well as the lines in my forehead and between my eyes. I thought it would be years before I’d consider Botox (I’m 32 now) and when I interviewed at the Medical Spa I worked at, I told the manager “I was too young for Botox” when she asked me if I had ever considered getting it. Despite that comment, I got the job and Botox! I worked at the Medical Spa a good six months before I decided I had seen enough clients get the treatment, and I was ready to try it. I also went through some sales training from Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic, and I hadn’t seen a single client or co-worker have a bad reaction. I was extremely nervous because I am very afraid of needles, but the thought of getting rid of wrinkles outweighed the injection fear!
The pain actually wasn’t bad at all, and it just stung a tiny bit around my eyes. A topical numbing agent was first applied to my skin, and the actual procedure took 10 minutes. Probably about 10 pricks total were made around my eyes, between my brows, and in my forehead. All together I got 35 units. Normally I have faint wrinkles in my forehead and between my eyebrows, and small crows feet around my eyes. It took several days before I started to see results from the treatment, and a full two weeks before I had the maximum results. All the wrinkles were essentially gone, and when I smiled, my cheeks puffed out just a bit more under my eyes. My eyebrows were slightly lifted, and the best part was that my eyes looked totally even for the first time ever! I have one slightly droopy eye, but the Botox totally fixed that!! I also had one unit injected under my bottom lip to cause it to pout. I already have big lips, so I wasn’t crazy about the results on me, but it would be good for someone with thinner lips.
The day after I got the treatment, I had a horrible headache, and I was paranoid it would never go away, but it did! That was the only side effect I had. When the Botox took effect, my forehead felt a bit stiff, and it was hard to lift my eyebrows up that much, and it was impossible to furrow my brows, so I had to frown with my mouth to show expression! It felt a little weird having a stiff forehead – kind of like I put a big piece of masking tape there – but it wasn’t a big deal. No one noticed I looked any different, so it looked very natural, and I would get compliments all the time at the Medical Spa about how I looked young. Before the Botox, I think I looked almost my age. After about two months, the Botox started to wear off slightly in my forehead, and I was able to move my forehead more. It took three months for the Botox to wear off in my forehead, and four months around my eyes. At four months, I had it done again, but was told I didn’t need quite as much the second time, since the wrinkles weren’t as pronounced. I was able to move my forehead more the second time around, so if you don’t get as much Botox, you will have the ability to have more facial expressions. But if you don’t get enough, you won’t see the results you’re looking for. It’s best to tell the injector what you’re trying to accomplish and let he or she tell you how much Botox you will need.
Overall, of all the beauty treatments I’ve tried, Botox, and sunscreen have made the biggest improvements in keeping my skin looking young. Since I didn’t have to pay for the expensive treatment, it was great, but I will probably only continue to get it around my eyes, since it doesn’t take a lot of units in that area, and the wrinkles there bother me the most. I will write a separate post about Botox tips.
ps. This picture of me was taken on Friday. Sheesh, my California Tan has totally worn off (or maybe the flash was just really bright!)